Choosing Yak Trax for extra traction, Byrne took 2nd to fellow US Mountain Team member Ricky Gates. The race, straight up a ski slope in Vail, CO, was designed to be tough, not fast. Matt cover the 2 mile plus course in 34:00, while Gates would go on to set a new course record. Matt, competing for the first time in a snow race (and at altitude), put in a tremendous effort, and learned what footwear works best on slippery slopes!
Joe Dare took on another tough course and even tougher competition at this years USATF Cross Country National Championships. Out hard on the tough Maryland course, Joe stayed close to the numerous Olympians and NCAA champions that competed in the race. 2004 Olympic Marathon silver medalist Meb Keflezighi would go on to be the eventual winner (while Ardmore, PA resident and Villanova grad Bobby Curtis finished 3rd). For Joe the race would prove a great learning experience, showing he could mix it up with just about anyone.